Last night Mom's Cafe went green and YES, we stayed on topic! Rocker and I discussed various ways you can go green and be eco-friendly and NOT break the bank! We chatted about what being green means to us, for myself I will be as green as my pocketbook allows and I respect the earth we've been given; for Rocker, she explained she just cannot stand to see things throw away, she sees potential in everything!
We shared some fantastic links, tutorials and shops you can purchase green items from if you are sewing machine phobic.
Here are some to get you started:
Links to repurposing clothing:
Men's Shirt into girls Dress:
Tut for Sleeves into baby pants:
Make a kids toys from your old clothing:
Tees into Reusable Grocery Bags:
somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year
Where to buy reusable grocery bags:
Did you know the Average American throws away 68 lbs of clothing each year? That is insane!! Think of all the good that could come from that! Even if you are not a crafty person, think of the other places you can share your unwanted items! Freeuse, Freecycle, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Women's Shelters, Homeless Shelters, Schools, etc. There are places you may never realize would take donations..perhaps your local Head Start, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts could use some items? Police stations may take clothing and toys to use when dealing with rape or abuse victims. Donate your blankets to homeless shelters or hospitals for babies...who knows if your blanket could help keep one baby warm? Why throw it out?? Do good!
Parenthood also leads one to many Earth Friendly possibilities, reusing toys, sharing toys, handmade toys and clothing, cloth diapering, mama cloth and many reusable items for mom and baby abound!
Here are some awesome shops to find such items:
Reusable Feminine Pads, and Reusable Lunch Bags:
U.S. women landfill or incinerate 11.3 billion "disposable" per year.
It takes approximately 500 years for one "disposable" menstrual pad to partially biodegrade.
Takes 4-500 years to biodegrade 1.5 billion disposable diapers into landfill yearly!
You can reduce landfill waste from your kid’s toys by making their toys from old clothing, from the tutorial we’ve given you before…. Or you can purchase, SAFE LEAD FREE toys from that are handmade by moms who understand your safety concerns with today’s toy corporations!
Crayons and play dough, also ouchie pouchies
Play Goop, Surprise Rocks,
(shop currently closed-Reopening soon! Bookmark it!)
Also check out green toys on Artfire:
Crafty? Follow these tutorials!
For those old broken up crayons:
Make your own shaped crayons, or buy them on handmade venues.
Soap with enclosed Toy:
All kinds of tutorials for handmade toys:
Essentially, no matter what you do, where you are, you can take steps to lessen your carbon footprint and leave the world a nicer, cleaner, healthier place to live!
Want to calculate your carbon footprint? Check it out here: http://www.carbonfootprint.com/
Happy Green Living..
Don't forget Rocker's Super Cool Giveaway!